Denver Zoo, bursting at the seams and back in the city’s good graces, retools for the future

In the middle of a busy weekday at the Denver Zoo, Denny O’Malley squats to pick up the discarded crust of a grilled cheese sandwich. A wave of people — kids, parents and grandparents streaming toward him from the Predator Ridge exhibit, which on this day features African lions and wild dogs — parts around O’Malley as he tosses the crust into a trash can. It’s not exactly his job. As the zoo’s interim CEO, O’Malley is only a temporary steward of 121-year-old city within a city that costs $100,000 per day to run and houses about 4,000 animals representing 600 species. But before the Denver Zoological Foundation can hire… Read More

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